By Rafael Romo, CNN
Nearly four decades have passed, but Cecilia Rojas cries for her son as if she had lost him yesterday.
Rojas, a 58-year-old resident of the Chilean capital of Santiago, said her baby was taken shortly after she gave birth.
He was born two months early, but doctors and nurses assured Rojas that he was healthy and would soon be sent home with her.
“The nurse put the baby on my chest while she finished the paperwork,” Rojas recalled in an emotional interview with CNN.
“Then she told me they were going to take him to an incubator because he was a little small.”
She would never see him again. The next morning, a nurse told Rojas the infant had died. Her requests to view his body were denied, Rojas said. She was never given a death certificate.
The fate of Rojas’ newborn, in fact, was not an isolated incident.